What was your gateway into music? I picked up a flute that was sitting around my house when I was in early high school. Basically, I enjoyed the marching band and I taught myself to read and play from the band method book. While I was in high school, I made the decision to major in music. And what kind of classical music were you listening to then? Zero. I grew up on pop music. The only things that I knew in classical music were the pieces I was learning on the flute. How did composition become an all-consuming passion? As a child, I’d always been interested in things that were creative. It’d always been visual art, but there was something about the power of music I thought was entrancing. Looking back on it, I’m kind of amazed that I’ve had the career I’ve had considering how little I knew. The thing is, I have four degrees, so I was always hungry. Always hungry to learn and curious and willing to try playing different kinds of music. Which composers inspired you at first? Because I grew up around pop and rock music, the Beatles were a huge influence, a major
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